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Report says David Ngog to commit to Cameroon

Mark Thompson

David Ngog pretty understandably has not been in the national team picture for France for quite some time. The Bolton striker played for Les Bleus at the U16, U17, U18, U19, and U21 levels but has not since.

Cameroon coach Jean Paul Akono has told Reuters that he wants Ngog's help in his country's World Cup 2014 campaign.

"I was lucky to travel to England with the father of the Bolton Wanderers player David Ngog and he agreed to do everything to switch over to join our national team.

Because David Ngog has never played for France's senior national side and thus is not cap-tied, he should be free to make the one time switch to Cameroon. He qualifies for the Indomitable Lions through his father, who was born in Cameroon.

"He will apply to FIFA to grant him permission to switch his nationality to Cameroon. I must express my gratitude to his father for his assistance. If everything goes to planned, he should join the Indomitable Lions very quickly."

Akono has been Cameroon's head coach since September has previous experience with the nation's U23 side.

What everyone seems to forget is that David Ngog is still a very young player at just 23 years old. He's been a professional for quite some time, thus leading to people thinking he's beyond his years.

The switch wouldn't happen in time for the current African Cup of Nations competition but would allow David Ngog to participate in the 2015 edition (hosted by Morocco). His participation would mean a winter absence from Bolton or whichever team he plays for then. His current Bolton Wanderers contract runs to June 2014.